Temporary chief executive has contract extended after permanent replacement not found

PUBLISHED: 19:00 12 December 2018 | UPDATED: 16:39 13 December 2018

Katherine Kerswell will have her contract extended.  Picture: Newham Council

Katherine Kerswell will have her contract extended. Picture: Newham Council

Newham Council

Newham Council’s interim chief executive will stay in her post until at least August next year because the town hall has not found someone to permanently take up the position.

Kim Bromley-Derry retired last year. Pic: Andrew BakerKim Bromley-Derry retired last year. Pic: Andrew Baker

Katherine Kerswell started at the council in August after her predecessor Kim Bromley-Derry announced he was retiring for “personal reasons”.

Ms Kerswell was supposed to be in the job until February 2019 when a permanent replacement would take over.

On Monday councillors agreed her contract to be extended until August next year.

successful candidate will likely have a notice period of between three and six months. The council will be able to break its contract with Ms Kerswell if her replacement can start before August.

Ms Kerswell has been chief executive at four local authorities, including Northamptonshire and Kent county councils. Before starting in Newham she was running health care support services at outsourcing company Capita.

Her role in Kent came to an end when her post was deleted in 2012.

It was revealed she had received an almost £600,000 pay package, including a £420,000 redundancy payment.

At the time it was believed to be one of the largest local government payoffs ever.

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